Whether you are redoing your floors or considering those in a potential new property, the choices are endless! Carpet alone has many variations, and once you choose the type you still need to evaluate/choose the colour. It can be quite the ordeal, especially if you’re not informed. Luckily, you will be informed. As Shaughnessy’s most trusted real estate team we don’t want to see anyone struggle with their home renovations, so here’s a rundown of a few common types of flooring, their advantages, and their disadvantages.
Carpet: Carpet is an old standard, of course. The advantages of carpet include softness, which not only feels great on bare feet but helps kids and toddlers to tumble around safely. Carpet also tends to hold up decently well, with high traffic options available. The padding gained from a carpet can even help to reduce sound. The disadvantages of carpeting tend to revolve around its absorbency and its ability to grip dirt. Carpets can be difficult to keep clean, especially if you have pets and other mess-makers around. In the same way that it absorbs spills, accidents and dirt, carpet can absorb odours. As a result, a room that is exposed to smoke and other unpleasant smells may not be a good candidate for carpeting.
Wood: Oh, wood. It’s practically the original finished floor, and it sticks around for a reason. It looks great, it’s hard to do major damage to, and it can last a lifetime. However, hard wood floors also require polishing every 4 years in order to keep their finish, as well as regular maintenance.. They are also prone to scratches from high heels and pets. Wood has a higher price point than vinyl and ceramic.
Vinyl: Vinyl flooring is becoming very popular among homeowners for its water resistance and reasonable price. Despite its impressive durability, vinyl flooring can be less expensive than many other options, and is capable of imitating those options with a fair likeness. Vinyl flooring that imitates wood, tile or stone isn’t hard to find, and can allow you to get the look you want at a fraction of the price. This is a great choice for bathrooms, entryways, and kitchens, as it’s very easy to keep clean. Unfortunately, vinyl can be damaged by sharp objects, and some consumers have experienced a slight fading of colours in spaces with a lot of direct sunlight. It also doesn’t stand up terribly well to extreme temperatures, so keep it indoors.
Ceramic: Ceramic floors offer a water resistant surface and a very sharp look. Ceramic tiles floors are easy to keep clean and come in such a variety of styles than any aspiring decorator will be pleased. Though pretty, ceramic tiles are not often comfortable, as they are very hard and can be difficult to stand on for long period of time. It does have a higher price point, though not as high as hardwood.
We hope this info gives you some insight into your flooring choices and helps you make a great decision!